Under the leadership of Assistant Conductor René Rosas with entertaining narration by Ann Lord, the Naperville Municipal Band continued its 2017 Summer Concert Series in Central Park at 7:30PM Thursday evening, June 15.

The Concert titled “E Pluribus Enum” featured several vocal performances, a French horn solo and a pair of brass quartets. Amanda Halgrimson-Walzer, soprano, performed opera solo and as a duet with Paul Grizzell, baritone. Halgrimson-Walzer also received a standing ovation for her rousing version of “God Bless America.”

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At 7:30PM every Thursday evening for the next nine weeks, concert-goers are invited to enjoy live music from park benches, their own blankets or folding chairs.

Ann Zediker and John Zediker were among hosts from the Lustgarten Foundation who organized the bake sale. At 8AM Sun., July 23, the Lustgarten Foundation will begin registering participants for its annual Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk starting at 9AM from the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion.

Everyone is welcome to purchase delicious homemade goodies at the Gazebo Bake Sale, hosted by a local charitable organization. The weekly bake sale also provides an opportunity for the nonprofit organization to meet the community and share its mission.

Every concert features a drawing with prizes sponsored by a local business and the NMB. Numbers for the free drawing are printed in 1,000 programs every week. Be sure to pick up a program for a chance to win!

The drawing sponsor for the second Naperville Municipal Band Concert of the season was Joan Ellman of Ellman’s Music Center. The Bake Sale host was the Lustgarten Foundation with a mission to “advance scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer.”

For 53 years, the award-winning Naperville Municipal Band has been under the musical direction of Conductor Ron Keller.

Central Park is located at 104 E Benton Ave. in downtown Naperville, behind U.S. Bank, northeast of Washington St. and Jefferson Ave., in downtown Naperville.

Think dinner and the show!

Check out the patio at Catch 35, located at 35 S. Washington at Van Buren Ave., just across from the path that leads to Central Park.

Catch 35 Naperville has created a special offer for Thursdays prior to the Naperville Municipal Band Concert. Dine at Catch 35 before the show and ask your server about the 3-course Prix Fixe Menu for only $37 and receive a complimentary bag of Catch 35 potato chips to-go for the show.

What’s more, note that Chef Eddie will be grilling on the patio, offering sample bites of menu items and passing out complimentary bags of Catch 35 seasoned potato chips, between 7 and 7:30PM every Thursday before the concerts.

Catch 35 also is sponsoring the weekly drawing on July 6, when the bake sale is hosted by Lizzy’s Fund.

For more info about the rich history of the Naperville Municipal Band that dates back to 1859, visit www.napervilleband.org.

Meanwhile, plan to meet family, friends and neighbors during one of the outdoor summer concerts to experience the longest running tradition in Central Park.

Remaining 2017 Schedule / 7:30PM Thursdays

June 22 – 3rd Concert – Live Music is Best
A Musical Salute to the NCHS Class of ’57
Drawing Sponsor: My Travel Agency / Bake Sale: Naperville Woman’s Club

June 294th Concert – Salute to America! 1812 Overture, complete with canons!
Drawing Sponsor: Two Bostons Pet Boutique / Bake Sale: Naperville Area A.A.U.W.

July 6 – 5th Concert – A Latin Festival
Drawing Sponsor: Catch 35 Restaurant / Bake Sale: Lizzy’s Fund

July 13 – 6th Concert – NMB Big Band
Drawing Sponsor: BBM Inc. / Bake Sale: Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley

July 20 – 7th Concert – The Ringlings & The Circus
With Special Guest Andy Glover
Drawing Sponsor: Positively Naperville / Bake Sale: ClaySpace

July 27 – 8th Concert – A Hot Time in the Old Town
Drawing Sponsor: Braconi’s Restaurant / Bake Sale: Naperville Noon Lions Club

Aug. 3 – 9th Concert – Music to My Ears
Drawing Sponsor: BBM Inc. / Bake Sale: Naperville YMCAs

Aug. 10 – 10th Concert – NMB Big Band, Joint Jazz Concert under leadership of Tracy Oliver
Drawing Sponsor: Naperville Bank and Trust / Bake Sale: NNHS Girls Field Hockey

Aug. 17 – 11th Concert – School Daze
Drawing Sponsor: The Naperville Municipal Band / Bake Sale: Congregation Beth Shalom

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